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Encyclopedia > The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
Original Cast Recording
Music Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Book Howard Lindsay
Russel Crouse
Maria Augusta Trapp
Based upon Maria von Trapp's autobiography
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers
Productions 1959 Broadway
1961 West End
1961 Melbourne
1965 Film
1981 West End revival
1993 Stockholm
1998 Broadway revival
2006 West End revival
Other international productions
Awards Tony Award for Best Musical

The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on Maria von Trapp's book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Songs from the musical that have become standards include "The Sound of Music", "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", and "Do-Re-Mi". The Sound of Music refers to: The 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical called The Sound of Music The 1965 film based on that musical, The Sound of Music (film) The St. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the American composer. ... For work done with Richard Rodgers, see Rodgers and Hammerstein Oscar Hammerstein II (July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was a New-York born writer, producer, and (usually uncredited) director of musicals for almost forty years. ... Howard Lindsay (March 29, 1888 - February 11, 1968) was a Broadway producer, playwright, librettist, director and actor, best known for his writing work as part of the collaboration of Lindsay and Crouse, and for his performance, with his wife Dorothy Stickney, in the long-running play Life with Father. ... Russel Crouse (1893 - 1966) was a U.S. dramatist and journalist. ... Maria von Trapp was born Maria Kutschera in Austria on January 26, 1905. ... Maria Augusta von Trapp (née Kutschera; January 26, 1905 – March 28, 1987) was the matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. ... The Story of the Trapp Family Singers is a memoir written by Maria Augusta von Trapp, the nun-turned-baroness whose life was set to music in the musical The Sound of Music. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Rodgers and Hammersteins The Sound of Music is a 1965 film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews in the lead role. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Howard Lindsay (March 29, 1888 - February 11, 1968) was a Broadway producer, playwright, librettist, director and actor, best known for his writing work as part of the collaboration of Lindsay and Crouse, and for his performance, with his wife Dorothy Stickney, in the long-running play Life with Father. ... Russel Crouse (1893 - 1966) was a U.S. dramatist and journalist. ... Maria Augusta von Trapp (née Kutschera; January 26, 1905 – March 28, 1987) was the matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. ... The Story of the Trapp Family Singers is a memoir written by Maria Augusta von Trapp, the nun-turned-baroness whose life was set to music in the musical The Sound of Music. ... The Sound of Music is the class song from the movie under the same title. ... Edelweiss is a Rodgers and Hammerstein song from musical and film The Sound of Music. ... The Sound of Music soundtrack cover My Favorite Things is a song from the musical The Sound of Music. ... Climb evry mountain Search high and low Follow evry by-way Every path you know Climb evry mountain Ford evry stream Follow evry rainbow Till you find your dream A dream that will need All the love you can give Everyday of your life For... Do Re Mi is a theater musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin. ...


The original Broadway production opened in November 1959, and the show has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then. It has also been made into a popular 1965 movie musical. The Sound of Music was the final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein; Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the premiere. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Rodgers and Hammersteins The Sound of Music is a 1965 film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews in the lead role. ... Rodgers (left) and Hammerstein (right), with Irving Berlin (middle) and Helen Tamiris, watching auditions at the St. ...

Contents

Background

After viewing Die Trapp-Familie (The Trapp Family), a 1956 German film about the von Trapp family, and its 1958 sequel, Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika (The Trapp Family in America), stage director Vincent J. Donehue thought that the project would be perfect for his friend Mary Martin; Broadway producers Leland Hayward and Richard Halliday (Martin's husband) agreed. The producers originally envisioned a nonmusical play that would be written by Lindsay and Crouse and that would feature songs from the repertoire of the Trapp Family Singers. Then they decided to add an original song or two, perhaps by Rodgers and Hammerstein. But it was soon agreed that the project should feature all new songs and be a musical rather than a play. [1] Vincent Julian Donehue, (22 September 1915 - 17 January 1966) was an American director noted mainly for his theatre work, with occasional film and television credits . ... Mary Virginia Martin (b. ... Leland Hayward (September 13, 1902 - March 18, 1971) was a popular, powerful and wealthy Hollywood and Broadway agent and theatrical producer. ...


Details of the history of the von Trapp family were altered for the musical. Georg Ritter von Trapp lived with his family in a villa in Aigen, a suburb of Salzburg. The real Maria was sent to be a tutor to one of the children, not a governess to all of them. The Captain's oldest child was a boy, not a girl, and the names of the children were changed (at least partly to avoid confusion: the Captain's eldest daughter was also called Maria). The von Trapps spent some years in Austria after Maria and the Captain married -- they did not have to flee right away -- and they fled to Italy, not Switzerland. Maria von Trapp is said to have enjoyed the stage show but to have hated the movie: her standard response to praise was, "it's a nice story, but it's not my story."[2] Kommandant Georg, Ritter von Trapp (April 4, 1880 – May 30, 1947) headed the Austrian singing family portrayed in The Sound of Music. ... This article is about the capital of the Austrian state of Salzburg. ...


Martin called the show a "triumph of audiences over critics,"[citation needed] since the show was not well reviewed in New York. Walter Kerr famously called it a "great step backward" for Rodgers and Hammerstein, but it nevertheless enjoyed a long and profitable run.[citation needed] Walter Kerr (July 8, 1913 – October 9, 1996) was an American writer and Broadway theater critic. ...


During the Cold War, BBC planned to broadcast The Sound of Music on radio in the event of a nuclear strike on the United Kingdom. The broadcast would be part of an emergency timetable of programs designed to "reassure" the public in the aftermath of the attack.[3] For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... This article is about nuclear war as a form of actual warfare, including history. ...


Synopsis

The action takes place in the town of Salzburg in Austria, just before World War II. This article is about the capital of the Austrian state of Salzburg. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Maria, a woman studying for the Roman Catholic sisterhood in an abbey who has begun to doubt her calling, is sent out to be a governess to the seven children of Captain Georg Ritter von Trapp, a widower and a decorated World War I captain of the Austro-Hungarian Navy ("Maria"). Von Trapp is an Austrian patriot at a time when it would be safer to be friendly to the ascendant Nazi regime. The Captain is raising his children in a strict and militaristic manner that Maria immediately disagrees with. The children, initially hostile and mischievous, soon come to like the courageous Maria ("My Favorite Things"), as she works to loosen the Captain's strict policies and brings warmth -- including the joy of singing ("Do-Re-Mi") -- back into the household. She finds herself falling in love with the stern Captain but tries to suppress her feelings, since he is engaged to be married to Baroness Elsa Schräder. He too finds himself warming to the unconventional governess. Meanwhile, the eldest girl, Liesl, and a messenger of the Nazi officials, Rolfe, are attracted to each other and meet secretly ("Sixteen Going On Seventeen"). Maria Augusta von Trapp (née Kutschera; January 26, 1905 – March 28, 1987) was the matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... For other uses, see Nun (disambiguation). ... Bold textTHIS IS THE PAGE THAT A.S. REALLY NEEDS!! THIS IS NOW MARKED!!! ] ps i like A.O. This article is about an abbey as a Christian monastic community. ... A governess is a female employee from outside of the family who teaches children within the family circle. ... Kommandant Georg, Ritter von Trapp (April 4, 1880 – May 30, 1947) headed the Austrian singing family portrayed in The Sound of Music. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... This article is about the Royal Navy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... The Sound of Music soundtrack cover My Favorite Things is a song from the musical The Sound of Music. ... Do Re Mi is a theater musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin. ... Baroness could refer to: Female equivalent of Baron. ... Sixteen Going on Seventeen, not to be confused with Sixteen Goin On Seventeen, sung by Maria and Liesl in the Sound of Music, is a love song sung in the musical the Sound of Music. ...


The Baroness fosters some misunderstandings, and Maria returns to the abbey; but the children implore her to return. After some soul-searching, Maria leaves the abbey and marries the Captain. Soon the Captain is called to duty in the Kriegsmarine of the Third Reich, but Maria and the Captain arrange for the family to leave the country. Following a family concert that features the Captain's singing "Edelweiss", they sing their final song, "So Long, Farewell", as they escape through the convent and travel over the mountains to Switzerland. The Kriegsmarine (or War Navy) was the name of the German Navy between 1935 and 1945, during the Nazi regime, superseding the Reichsmarine. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... Edelweiss is a Rodgers and Hammerstein song from musical and film The Sound of Music. ...


Musical numbers in the original production (with annotations)

Act I
Act II
  • No Way to Stop It - Max, the Captain and Elsa
  • An Ordinary Couple - Maria and the Captain†
  • Processional - The Nuns
  • Sixteen Going On Seventeen (Reprise) - Maria and Liesl
  • Do-Re-Mi (Reprise) - Maria, the Captain and the Children‡
  • Edelweiss - The Captain, Maria and the Children
  • So Long, Farewell (Reprise) - Maria, the Captain and the Children
  • Finale - The Nuns

NOTES: The Sound of Music is the class song from the movie under the same title. ... Maria is a popular song with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, published in 1959. ... The Sound of Music soundtrack cover My Favorite Things is a song from the musical The Sound of Music. ... Do Re Mi is a theater musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin. ... Sixteen Going on Seventeen, not to be confused with Sixteen Goin On Seventeen, sung by Maria and Liesl in the Sound of Music, is a love song sung in the musical the Sound of Music. ... The Lonely Goatherd is a song from the musical The Sound Of Music, sung by Julie Andrews, (playing Maria von Trapp), and the von Trapp children. ... The Sound of Music is the class song from the movie under the same title. ... The ländler is a folk dance in 3/4 time which was popular in Austria, south Germany and German Switzerland at the end of the 18th century. ... Climb evry mountain Search high and low Follow evry by-way Every path you know Climb evry mountain Ford evry stream Follow evry rainbow Till you find your dream A dream that will need All the love you can give Everyday of your life For... No Way to Stop It is a popular song composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II. It was written for the 1959 musical The Sound of Music, but not included in the later film version The Sound of Music (1965). ... Sixteen Going on Seventeen, not to be confused with Sixteen Goin On Seventeen, sung by Maria and Liesl in the Sound of Music, is a love song sung in the musical the Sound of Music. ... Do Re Mi is a theater musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin. ... Edelweiss is a Rodgers and Hammerstein song from musical and film The Sound of Music. ...

†Sometimes replaced by "Something Good"
‡Replaced by "The Lonely Goatherd" in the 1998 revival.
  • Many stage revivals have also included "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good", which were written for the film version by Richard Rodgers.
  • Many people believe "Edelweiss" to be a traditional Austrian song, or even a national anthem. In fact the song was written for the musical and is little known in Austria.[4]
  • The Ländler dance as performed by Maria and the Captain during the party is only loosely based on the traditional Austrian dance of the same name.[5]

The Lonely Goatherd is a song from the musical The Sound Of Music, sung by Julie Andrews, (playing Maria von Trapp), and the von Trapp children. ... The Sound of Music soundtrack cover My Favorite Things is a song from the musical The Sound of Music. ... Sixteen Going on Seventeen, not to be confused with Sixteen Goin On Seventeen, sung by Maria and Liesl in the Sound of Music, is a love song sung in the musical the Sound of Music. ... The Lonely Goatherd is a song from the musical The Sound Of Music, sung by Julie Andrews, (playing Maria von Trapp), and the von Trapp children. ... Edelweiss is a Rodgers and Hammerstein song from musical and film The Sound of Music. ... The ländler is a folk dance in 3/4 time which was popular in Austria, south Germany and German Switzerland at the end of the 18th century. ...

Stage productions

1959 Broadway production

The Sound of Music opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959, and ran for 1,443 performances. The director was Vincent J. Donehue and the choreographer Joe Layton. The original cast included Mary Martin as Maria, Theodore Bikel as Captain Georg von Trapp, Patricia Neway as Mother Abbess, Kurt Kasznar as Max Detweiler, Marion Marlowe as Elsa Schraeder, Brian Davies as Rolfe, and Lauri Peters as Liesl. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is a Broadway theatre, located at 205 West 46th Street. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vincent Julian Donehue, (22 September 1915 - 17 January 1966) was an American director noted mainly for his theatre work, with occasional film and television credits . ... Joe Layton (May 3, 1931 - May 5, 1994) was a Tony Award-winning American director and choreographer known primarily for his work on Broadway. ... Mary Virginia Martin (b. ... Theodore Bikel. ... Patricia Neway (born September 30, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY) is an American Broadway performer. ... Kurt Kasznar (13 August 1913 - 6 August 1979) was a film and television actor. ... Lauri Peters (b. ...


The production shared the Tony Award for Best Musical with Fiorello!. It also won for Best Actress in a Musical (Mary Martin), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Patricia Neway), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Oliver Smith), and Best Musical Direction. And it was nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (both Theodore Bikel and Kurt Kasznar) and Best Director of a Musical (Vincent J. Donehue). The entire children's cast was nominated for Best Featured Actress category as a single nominee, even though two children were boys. What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Fiorello! is a Pulitzer Prize-winning 1959 Broadway musical about New York City mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, a reform Republican who took on Tammany Hall. ... Mary Virginia Martin (b. ... Patricia Neway (born September 30, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY) is an American Broadway performer. ... Oliver Smith (February 13, 1918 - January 23, 1994) was one of the most distinguished and prolific Tony Award-winning scenic designers in American theatre history. ... Theodore Bikel. ... Kurt Kasznar (13 August 1913 - 6 August 1979) was a film and television actor. ... Vincent Julian Donehue, (22 September 1915 - 17 January 1966) was an American director noted mainly for his theatre work, with occasional film and television credits . ...


Jeannie Carson and Nancy Dussault also played Maria during the run. Jon Voight, who eventually married co-star Lauri Peters, was a replacement for Rolfe's part. The national tour starred Florence Henderson. Jeannie Carson (birthname: Jean Schufflebottom, b. ... Nancy Dussault (born June 30, 1936 in Pensacola, Florida) is an American singer and actress. ... John Vincent Voight (born December 29, 1938) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Lauri Peters (b. ... Florence Agnes Henderson (b. ...


The original Broadway cast album sold three million copies.


1961 London production

The London production opened at the Palace Theatre on May 18, 1961, and ran for 2,385 performances. It was directed by Jerome Whyte and used the original New York choreography supervised by Joe Layton and the original New York sets designed by Oliver Smith. The cast included Jean Bayless as Maria, Roger Dann as Captain von Trapp, Constance Shacklock as Mother Abbess, Eunice Gayson as Elsa Schraeder, Harold Kasket as Max Detweiler, Barbara Brown as Liesl, and Nicholas Bennett as Rolfe. West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... The Palace Theatre, London, is an imposing red-brick building that dominates the west side of Cambridge Circus, and is located near the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road. ... is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joe Layton (May 3, 1931 - May 5, 1994) was a Tony Award-winning American director and choreographer known primarily for his work on Broadway. ... Oliver Smith (February 13, 1918 - January 23, 1994) was one of the most distinguished and prolific Tony Award-winning scenic designers in American theatre history. ... Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench in Dr. No. ... Barbara Brown, better known as Misstress Barbara (the misspelling is intentional), is an Italian born, Quebecois electronica deejay. ... Nicholas Jerome Bennett (born 7 May 1949) is a British Conservative politician. ...


1961 Australian production

The Australian Production opened at Melbourne's Princess Theatre in 1961 and ran for 3 years. It then toured Australia for many years, with Vanessa Lee (Peter Graves' wife) taking the role of Maria. The production was directed by Charles Hickman, with musical numbers staged by Ernest Parham. The cast included June Bronhill as Maria, Peter Graves as Captain von Trapp, Rosina Raisbeck as Mother Abbess, Lola Brooks as Elsa Schraeder, Eric Reiman as Max Detweiler, Julie Day as Liesl, and Tony Jenkins as Rolfe. June Bronhill (June 26, 1929–January 24, 2005) was an internationally acclaimed soprano opera singer. ... Peter Graves (born March 18, 1926[1][2]) is an American film and television actor. ... Phyllis Rosina Raisbeck MBE (28 July 1916 - 23 December 2006) was an Australian opera and concert mezzo-soprano singer. ...


A recording was made in 1961. It was the first time a major overseas production featuring Australian artists was transferred to disc .


1981 London revival

In 1981, at producer Ross Taylor's urging, Petula Clark signed to star in a revival of the show at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London's West End. Michael Jayston played Captain von Trapp and Honor Blackman was the Baroness. Despite Clark's misgivings that, at age 51, she was too old to play the role convincingly, Clark opened to unanimous rave reviews (and the largest advance sale in the history of British theatre at that time). Maria von Trapp herself, present at the opening night performance, described Clark as "the best" Maria ever. Clark extended her initial six-month contract to thirteen months. Playing to 101 percent of seating capacity, the show set the highest attendance figure for a single week (October 26–31, 1981) of any British musical production in history (as recorded in The Guinness Book of Theatre). This was the first stage production to incorporate the two additional songs that Richard Rodgers composed for the film version. The cast recording of this production was the first to be recorded digitally, but the recording has not been released on compact disc. Petula Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932), is an English singer, actress and composer best known for her upbeat popular international hits of the 1960s. ... The Apollo Victoria Theatre is a West End theatre on Wilton Road near Victoria station in London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The interior of Covent Garden Market in the West End The West End of London is an area of Central London, England, containing many of the citys major tourist attractions, businesses, and administrative headquarters. ... Seating capacity refers to the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, either in terms of the space available, or in terms of limitations set by law. ... This article is about the American composer. ...


Later productions

The 1988 Takarazuka (Japan) version
In 1988, the Snow Troupe of Takarazuka Revue performed the musical at the Bow Hall (Takarazuka, Hyōgo). Harukaze Hitomi and Gou Mayuka starred.
1990 New York City Opera production
A 1990 New York City Opera production was directed by Oscar Hammerstein II's son, James. It featured Debby Boone as Maria, Laurence Guittard as Captain von Trapp, and Werner Klemperer as Max Detweiler.
1993 Stockholm premiere
In the original Stockholm production, Carola Häggkvist played Maria, Tommy Körberg played Captain Georg von Trapp, Erik Skutnick played Max, and Emilia Brown played Gretl.
1998 Broadway revival
In 1998, director Susan H. Schulman staged the first Broadway revival of The Sound of Music, with Rebecca Luker as Maria and Michael Siberry as Captain von Trapp. It also featured Patti Cohenour as Mother Abbess, Jan Maxwell as Elsa Schraeder, Fred Applegate as Max Detweiler, Dashiell Eaves as Rolf, and Laura Benanti, in her Broadway debut, as Luker's standby. Later, Luker and Siberry were replaced by Richard Chamberlain as the Captain and Benanti as Maria. Lou Taylor Pucci made his Broadway debut as the understudy for Kurt von Trapp. This revival opened on March 12, 1998, at the Martin Beck Theatre, where it ran for 15 months. It then went on tour in North America. This production was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
"The Sound of Music" Australian production
"The Sound of Music" Australian production
2000 Australian revival
An Australian revival of The Sound of Music played in the Lyric Theatre, in Sydney, New South Wales about 2000.[citation needed] Lisa McCune, the star of the popular Australian drama Blue Heelers, played Maria von Trapp; TV personality Bert Newton was Max; and John Waters was Captain von Trapp. The children's cast included Pia Morley, Christopher Nolan, Stephanie Martonhelyi, Mathew Gammel, Nikki Webster, Rachel Marley, and Lauren Vartanian. This production was based on the 1998 Broadway revival staging directed by Susan Schulman. The show was produced by the Gordon Frost Organisation and Sports and Entertainment Limited.
The production also toured Melbourne, Victoria, Brisbane, Queensland, Adelaide and Perth, where Rachael Beck replaced Lisa McCune as Maria and Rob Guest took over as Captain von Trapp.
2006 London revival
An Andrew Lloyd Webber production opened on November 15, 2006, at the London Palladium. Live Nation's David Ian was co-producer with Jeremy Sams.
Following failed negotiations with Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson, the role of Maria was cast through a UK talent search reality TV show called How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? The talent show was produced by (and starred) Andrew Lloyd Webber and featured presenter/comedian Graham Norton and a judging panel of David Ian, John Barrowman and Zoe Tyler. Connie Fisher was selected by public voting as the winner of the show. In early 2007, Fisher suffered from a heavy cold that prevented her from performing for two weeks. To prevent further disruptions, an alternate Maria, Aoife Mullholland, a fellow contestant on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, plays Maria on Monday evenings and Wednesday matinee performances. Simon Shepherd was originally cast as Captain von Trapp, but after two preview performances he was withdrawn from the production, and Alexander Hanson moved into the role in time for the official opening date along with Lesley Garrett as the Mother Abbess. After Garrett left, Margaret Preece took the role. The cast also featured Lauren Ward as the Baroness, Ian Gelber as Max, Sophie Bould as Liesl, and Neil McDermott as Rolfe. Since September 2007, the cast has included Simon Burke as the Captain, Fiona Sinnott as the Baroness, Amy Lennox as Liesl, Paul Grunert as Max and Luke Fredericks as Rolf. Fisher/Mullholland (Maria) and Preece (Mother Abbess) continue their roles. Fisher is scheduled to leave the cast on February 23, 2008.
The revival has received excellent reviews, especially for Fisher, Preece, Bould and Garrett. A soundtrack recording of the London Palladium cast was released.[6]
2007 Stockholm revival
A Stockholm revival began in September 2007 with Pernilla Wahlgren as Maria, Tommy Nilsson as Captain von Trapp, Ulrika Liljeroth and Emmi Christensson as Liesel, Gert Fylking as Franz, Fillie Lyckow as Frau Schmidt, Malena Laszlo as Baroness, Johan Wahlström as Max, Jörgen Olsson as Rolf, and Margareta Dalhamn as Mother Abbess. Some of the characters names were translated into Swedish.[citation needed]
2008 Toronto production
A Toronto production is scheduled to begin in September 2008. The role of Maria will be chosen by the public through a television show similar to How do you solve a problem like Maria? Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Ian will produce the show, and Lloyd Webber is expected to appear in the program, which is scheduled be aired during the months of July and August 2008. The production is expected to play at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre.

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The 1987 Telarc studio cast recording

The Telarc label made a studio cast recording of The Sound of Music, with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel. The lead roles went to opera stars: Frederica von Stade as Maria, Håkan Hagegård as Captain von Trapp, and Eileen Farrell as the Mother Abbess. Kunzel cast children from the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts in the children's parts. This all-digital recording combined the songs of both the stage and the screen versions, and included sections of music that were being recorded for the first time. Telarc International Corporation is a Cleveland, Ohio based independent record label, founded in 1977 by two classically trained musicians and former teachers, Jack Renner and Robert Woods. ... The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra based in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, was founded in 1977 and Erich Kunzel was named its conductor. ... Erich Kunzel (also known as Erich Kunzel Jr. ... Frederica von Stade (b. ... Opera singer HÃ¥kan HagegÃ¥rd (born November 25, 1945) is a Swedish baritone. ... The American soprano Eileen Farrell (February 13, 1920 - March 16, 2002) was a famous opera and concert singer. ...


Cultural references

Songs from the musical adapted in popular music (for example, Gwen Stefani's 2006 single, "Wind It Up") and pastiched in advertising (TV ads for Skoda Fabia [7]). Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) (pronounced [1]), is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer and occasional actress. ... Wind It Up is a pop rap song written by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams originally for inclusion on Stefanis Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005. ... The word pastiche describes a literary or other artistic genre. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... 2006 Škoda Fabia. ...


Many television shows have featured characters singing songs or pastiches of songs from the musical. The shows include Seinfeld, Will & Grace, The OC (episode 313, "The Pot Stirrer"), The Simpsons, and Family Guy. In other television shows, the musical is merely mentioned (e.g., in the Charmed episode, "The Power of Three Blondes"). Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... Will & Grace is a popular Emmy Award winning and Golden Globe nominated American television sitcom that was originally broadcast from 1998 to 2006. ... The O.C. ( stands for Orange County) is an American television drama/soap opera program broadcast on the Fox Network. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... For other uses, see Charm. ... The Stillman Sisters become the new Charmed Three in The Power of Three Blondes // Episode of the popular U.S. television series, Charmed Episode Number: 4 Season: 6 Production Code: 4301115 Airdate: October 12, 2003 Writer: Daniel Cerone Director: John Behring Also Known As: Dirty Blondes Spoiler warning: When three...


In the 1993 film Addams Family Values, Pugsly, Wednesday, and Joel are made more "Chippewa" by being forced to watch the The Sound of Music. Addams Family Values (1993) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated sequel to the 1991 comedy The Addams Family. ...


An anime version of the show called "Trapp Family Story" was produced by Nippon Animation as part of its World Masterpiece Theater. Animé redirects here. ... Nippon Animation logo. ... // Nippon Animation logo. ...


In the 2005 Disney movie "The Pacifier," the oldest boy, Seth Plummer, gets the part of Rolf in a high school production of "The Sound of Music." Vice Principal Murney, who gets the part of Reverend Mother, is played by Brad Garrett, brother Robert of "Everybody Loves Raymond."


References

  1. ^ Information from the R&H website
  2. ^ Article about the Von Trapps
  3. ^ Article noting that BBC had The Sound of Music materials ready for broadcast in case of nuclear attack
  4. ^ Information from the BBC website
  5. ^ Information from Earthlydelights.com
  6. ^ Information from Theatre.com
  7. ^ You Tube clip of the ad

"The Sound Of Music--The Making Of America's Favorite Movie," by Julia Antopol Hirsch, 1993; McGraw-Hill Publishing


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